|The Immaculate Conception
Francisco de Zurbarán was a famous Spanish painter who has produced numerous masterpieces which have been recognized as prized pieces of art fora long time. He is famous especially for his religious paintings depicting various elements of worship and religion as such like monks, nuns, and martyrs. An established painter, he is also recognized for the still life painting which he has created. What makes him stand out as an artist is the fact that he had a characteristic style of religious painting which he was an expert at. As a result, the artist was able to enrich the art world with numerous masterpieces.
The painting ‘The Immaculate Conception’ is a dogma of the Catholic Church which hints at the fact that from the moment when she was conceived in the womb, Blessed Virgin Mary was free from sin and was dignified with the grace which is endowed during the process of Baptism. Contrary to what one might perceive, the painting refers to not the conception of Jesus by ‘The blessed Mary’, but the conception of ‘The blessed Mary’ by her mother. The painting is a great work of art which not only holds a religious and emotional place in the hearts of many; it also has a great stand as a pure form art per se. The strokes and the color scheme of the painting are able to bring out the sanctity the painting represents and the essence of the religious sentiments behind it.
The painting style of Francisco de Zurbarán uses chiaroscuro and tenebrism to a level of realism. Apart from them, the painter’s work was a lot inspired by polychrome sculpture, an art that reached a level of sophistication in Seville. His work’s beauty lie in the fact that he combined nature with figurines and was proficient in his style as well.